Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              DMC-FX700f/2.2
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FX7899x55x20 mm
              DMC-FX700103x55x24 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $98

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Ultra compact

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

              Compact

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Leica C-LUX 3

              Leica C-LUX C-Lux 3

              Compact

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $179

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $102

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $100

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $166

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Casio Exilim EX-Z550

              Casio Exilim EX-Z550

              Compact

              Size Smaller
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

              Compact

              $242

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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